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ECAT new bus route in Perdido Key

Getting out to Perdido Key can be difficult if you don't have your own wheels.

Escambia County Area Transit approved a new bus route that will get you there.

Visitors, locals, and businesses will be able to connect through this Escambia County Public Transportation starting July 1st.

Some people are wondering why its never been done before.  Mark Tobben is one of them.  Hes visiting from Missouri and has been coming here since the 70s.  He says it would have been nice to have the service back then when he was a college student visiting.  "When you are broke and you are drinking beer it would be a wonderful service."

Mark is here with his wife Lisa.  They will be on vacation for several weeks at a time and just found out where the new route can take them.  Lisa Tobben says it would be great for people to be able to get from one place to another. If you have been celebrating at Florabama you can get back home very safely."  She also thinks "If it would be able to connect and take you out to Pensacola Beach and let you catch Jimmy Buffet's, places like that, that would really be helpful."

The Director of the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce, Tina Morrison, says this is their second attempt to bring public transportation here.  "We haven't had this out here since 2010. They tried it for a little while but I think the oil spill just had everyone distracted and we didn't have the great ridership." Its now been four years since the first attempt and Morrison says this service is needed and now is the best time.  "June, July and August is our peak season for visitors here. Obviously school is out and families come. So it is going to be really important for our visitors and I think the locals too."  Morrison says the price of the ride wont deter people either. "The fair is so reasonable. It is $2.35. For 50 cents more you can get an all-day pass.  It's $2.85. Then you can travel from one end of the island to the other."

The bus runs from 11am to 7pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sunday.

Click here for more information on the bus route.